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Drone Program

Drone Certification Prep Course

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Alpena Community College, located in beautiful Northeast Michigan, now offers Unmanned Aerial Systems (Drone) Pilot Exam Prep Courses. FAA regulations require all commercial UAS operators to pass an aeronautical knowledge certification exam. This class is open to anyone interested in becoming a UAS Pilot, regardless of industry application. The potential for licensed UAS pilots is vast, providing an effective tool for occupations in fields such as utility line workers, real estate agents, forestry and agricultural professions, and public safety professionals, just to name a few.

Drone Prep Course 07-24-2017The UAS Pilot Prep Course consists of 16 classroom lecture hours, covering content that will be on the FAA UAS Drone Knowledge Exam. Topics will include regulations, National Airspace, weather, loading and performance, and operations. This is not a hands-on drone operations course. However, students will be well-prepared to sit for the FAA exam upon completion. Instructors will provide a 2-hour introduction to DJI Phantom operations in a 2:1 student-teacher ratio, at a scheduled time outside of the lecture. Staff will assist students with setting up appointments at registered FAA test sites.

Alpena Community College Drone Program Overview from ACC TAACCCT Grant Videos on Vimeo.

Upcoming Events
Drone Pilot Course - September 2017
Drone Pilot Course - November 2017
Program Costs
Drone Program Graduation

The cost for this program is $260, due prior to the first day of class. Due to the high demand for this course, the fee is non-refundable. The fee covers: 
  • 16 hours of classroom instruction
  • 2 hours of individual flight instruction with the instructors
  • 2 hours of group study session with the instructors (optional)
Pre-registration is required! Call 989.358.7296 to register.

Program Instructors
Brian Dawson
USAF Pilot - retired
Brian has been flying manned and remote controlled aircraft for 35 years. During his military career, Brian developed an instrumented training range and was formally assigned as a military airspace representative to the FAA. His former immersion into the workings of the FAA brings a depth to his instruction that is unsurpassed.Drone Instructors

Randy Patterson
Mechanical Engineer
Randy is a mechanical engineer with nearly 40 years of experience as a private pilot of both manned an unmanned aircraft. He is an FAA Certified Flight Instructor and Airframe and Power Plant Inspector.

Gary Hollingsworth
Media Instructional Development Technician
Gary brings 30 years of professional photography and videography experience to the UAS program. He is a licensed UAS pilot specializing in aerial cinematography.

For more information or to register for the class:
Kerrie Kamyszek

Dawn Stone

Coming Spring 2018!
Beginning in Spring 2018, there will also be credit courses available in Exam Prep, Safety and Operations, & Planning, Execution and Post-Processing Payload Data! More information will be available at a later date.